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Archaeological heritage of the Lenggong Valley

Lenggong Archaeological Museum

In the Lenggong Valley is evidence of almost two million years of hominid history. Beginning with the meteoritic strike 1.83 million years ago which blocked and diverted the Perak River, the existence of Paleolithic tools (including hand axes) was revealed. Ashes ensuing Toba super volcanic eruption some 74,000 ago buried a stonetool workshop site; the discovery of similar sites subsequently followed.

Aside from these discoveries, prehistoric burial grounds were also found to be present in some of the twenty discovered caves. These caves and open air sites bear testimony to life during the Paleolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age eras. The practice of lithic technology was also evident.

Archaeological heritage of the Lenggong Valley

Ultimately, the significant discovery of an 11,000 year old Perak Man skeleton, Southeast Asia’s oldest and most complete, further confirmed hominid existence in the valley at the end of the Pleistocene and early Holocene periods.

The reliability and authenticity of the historic sites at Lenggong Valley have been independently reviewed. Nevertheless, in spite of the relatively satisfactory condition of the various landmarks, more active conservation steps and an overall  management plan have to be put in place.

For the full article, "Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley" by UNESCO World Heritage Centre, click here

Lenggong – a UNESCO Site. This is her story.

This is a beautifully-narrated composition that puts in a nutshell the reasons why Lenggong is inscribed as a #UNESCOWorldHeritage site, unlike any others. Discover the 4 #OUVs – #Outstanding Universal Values  – which will leave you in awe at how rare the findings are within this little valley and the significance it has contributed to the world’s #archaeological and medical science studies. This is a very educational presentation where many have dubbed Lenggong as #Malaysia’sStoneAgeCapital. Published 7 February 2021.

Note: This republication is with a written consent of the department of Natural Heritage, Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism Malaysia (JWN.UKK.100-6/1/7 (10) dated 16 December 2022). All information in this video is correct at the time of publication.

Lenggong Archaeological Museum (Galeri Arkeologi Lembah Lenggong)

Among the interesting collections on display are:

  • Paleolithic stone tools in Bukit Jawa, Kg.Temelong, Bukit Bunuh and Lawin.
  • Bifurcation tools and unifasins found at Gua Teluk Kelawar, Gua Ngaum, Gua Gunung Runtuh and other sites in Lenggong Valley.
  • The 10,000 – 11,000 year old Perak Man skeleton is found in the cave of the ruins.
  • Equipment used for archaeological research.
  • Collection of orang asli goods and their link to pre-historical human life.
  • Drawing in caves and studies of archaeological sites in Lenggong.
  • Neolithic findings of Gua Harimau such as pottery items, stone tool, personal jewellery, moulds and bronze axes.

Jabatan Muzium dan Antikuiti, Kota Tampan, 33400 Lenggong, Perak. Open daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Fridays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 3:00 – 5:00 pm  |  T: +605-767 9700
GPS Coordinates:  N 05°03’20.7” E 100°57’45.1”
(The museum is currently closed for renovations.)